Ken Osmond Had an Entirely Different Career After ‘Leave It to Beaver’

by Jeremy Spirogis
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Ken Osmond handed away on May 18. Most of his obituaries famous his position within the traditional TV present Leave It to Beaver as a result of the seminal household comedy featured his most distinguished position as Eddie Haskell. Haskell was finest friend to The Beaver (Jerry Mathers)’ older brother Wally (Tony Dow). Osmond appeared in different TV exhibits and films, however he additionally had one other complete profession outdoors of present business. 

Ken Osmond auditioned for ‘Leave It to Beaver’ at age 14

Osmond was 14 years outdated when he auditioned for the position of Eddie Haskell. According to The Hollywood Reporter, Haskell was initially solely a personality in a single episode however he ended up recurring for all the collection. Haskell would concurrently make enjoyable of Beaver whereas kissing as much as the Cleaver dad and mom. 

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“He was a terrific guy, he was a terrific actor and his character is probably one that will last forever,” Dow instructed the Associated Press. “He was one of the few guys on the show who really played a character and created it.”

Ken Osmond labored for the LAPD

In 1970, Osmond went to work for the Los Angeles Police Department as a bike officer. According to an interview in The Chicago Tribune, Osmond stated being a bike cop was his actual dream. His mom had pushed him into performing, though he loved it and returned to the display after he retired from the pressure in 1988.

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In one month in 1980, Osmond endured two shootings on the job. In the primary, his bulletproof vest and his belt buckle stopped the bullets. “I thought I was dying,” Osmond testified in opposition to Albert Cunningham for the taking pictures in 1988, in response to the Associated Press. “I saw a flash of light and the next thing I knew, I was flat on my back on the sidewalk, 10 to 15 feet away. I was not able to move.”

By 1985, the shootings had left Osmond too careworn to proceed serving and he filed for his pension, in response to the Los Angeles Times. The Times later reported the LAPD denied his pension declare. Finally, he retired from the LAPD in 1988.

Return to performing

This decade has seen TV reboots of Full House, Will & Grace, Roseanne, The X-Files, Murphy Brown and extra, however this isn’t only a fashionable nostalgia factor. They introduced again Leave It to Beaver within the ’80s, so the unique forged returned. 

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(L-R) Frank Bank, Jerry Mathers, Tony Dow and Ken Osmond | Paul Archuleta/FilmMagic

First, there was the 1983 TV film, Still the Beaver. That grew to become the collection Still the Beaver which ran for 4 seasons from 1983 – 1989. Osmond reprised his position as grown-up Eddie Haskell. This time, he had his actual life sons, Eric and Christian, performed Haskell’s sons.

Mathers himself as soon as wrote on JerryMathers.com, “You brought to life a mischievous villain that is so much NOT like you that it’s hard for me to believe that you could play such a great character so different from the real you. Who would have thought that the name ‘Eddie Haskell’ would become synonymous with all the things that Ken Osmond isn’t!”

Osmond additionally added episodes of Happy Days, Rags to Riches, Parker Lewis Can’t Lose and Hi Honey, I’m Home to his resume after he retired from police work. The 1997 Leave It to Beaver film additionally had him play Eddie Haskell (Adam Zolotin)’s father.

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